Is Your Law Firm Creative Enough? if Yes, Guess Again

By | The Ethical Investigator | April 17, 2017
We don’t usually think of the law as the place our most creative people go. Lawyers with a creative bent often drift into business, where a higher risk tolerance is often required to make a success of yourself. Some of our greatest writers and artists have legal training, but most seem to drop out when their artistic calling tells them law school isn’t for them. View Full Post
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A Manual for How to Blow Your Due Diligence

By | The Ethical Investigator | March 20, 2017
Step one: don’t have a manual. That’s the message in an information-packed new book about the inner workings of the SEC just after the Madoff and now largely forgotten (but just as egregious) Allen Stanford frauds. In his memoir of five years at the agency, former SEC Director of Investment Management Norm Champ (now back in private practice) writes that he was stunned to arrive into public service in 2010 to find that examiners had no set procedures both when looking at regulated entities or in following up on their findings. View Full Post
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Due Diligence When Databases Fail

By | The Ethical Investigator | March 13, 2017
What to do when the databases you rely on start stripping out the very data you are paying for? Word in today’s Wall Street Journal that the main credit reporting firms will be removing many civil judgments and tax liens from credit reports prompts us to restate one ourcore beliefs: Not only do databases routinely mix people up, they are far from complete in the information they contain. View Full Post
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The Best Picture Mix-Up and Artificial Intelligence

By | The Ethical Investigator | February 27, 2017
What will it take for artificial intelligence to surpass us humans? After the Oscars fiasco last night, it doesn’t look like much. As a person who thinks a lot about the power of human thought versus those of machines, what is striking is not that the mix-up of the Best Picture award was the product of one person’s error, but rather the screw-ups of four people who flubbed what is about the easiest job there is to imagine in show business. View Full Post
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